American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characteristic of or befitting a slattern.
- adj. Slovenly; untidy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a slattern; having the habits of a slattern; slovenly.
- In a slovenly way.
- adj. Appropriate to or characteristic of a slattern.
- adv. In a slatternly manner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Resembling a slattern; sluttish; negligent; dirty.
- adj. characteristic of or befitting a slut or slattern; used especially of women
“They are generally called blue-stockings, are described as slatternly in their dress and always as having their fingertips dabbled with ink.”
“Superbly situated, magnificently endowed as to climate, the _chef-lieu_ of the Bouches du Rhône must be called a slatternly beauty; whilst embellishing herself, putting on her jewels and splendid attire, she has forgotten to wash her face and trim her hair!”
“All the life about him - the odors of stale vegetables and soapsuds, the slatternly form of his sister, and the jeering face of Mr. Higginbotham - was a dream.”
“She was a large, stout woman, always dressed slatternly and always tired from the burdens of her flesh, her work, and her husband.”
“He started to leave the room, tripping over a loose seam in the slatternly carpet.”
“Martin went into the kitchen with a sinking heart, the image of her red face and slatternly form eating its way like acid into his brain.”
“Playing the malevolent, abrasive junkie single mother of a missing kidnap victim, a slatternly, slack-jawed racist, Ryan adopted a drunkard's waxen pallor, honked up the full braying working-class Boston accent and, in those seven minutes, ran a gamut of emotions, from sullen resentment to inappropriate levity and a final descent into abject sobbing – a magnificent shipwreck of a performance.”
“Or Martin Honeysett's grisly depiction of a fat, slatternly woman watching TV while surrounded by a mess of ashtrays, empty beer cans and fast food boxes.”
“Dominic Cooper is a fatuous rock star, and Jessica Barden is a wondrously funny teenager, and slatternly deus ex machina, who adores him.”
“Young Adult" : Charlize Theron as a slatternly, hilariously nasty writer of young-adult novels who is, in fact, delusional in her determination to reconnect with a high-school sweetheart and rescue him from a marriage she imagines to be unhappy.”
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